The famous artist Willem Kalf was born in the Dutch city of Rotterdam in 1619. The brush master was a great connoisseur and connoisseur of the beautiful. His favorite genre in painting was still lifes created in a magnificent, refined style.
Willem Kalf grew up in a large family. His father was a seller of cloth. He was engaged in commercial activities and worked in the city council of Rotterdam. Mother helped her husband in matters, and after his death continued to engage in trade, but without much success. In childhood, Willem loved to play with peers, draw, and admire nature. He studied with the famous painters of Holland Hendrick Pot and F. Reinhals. After the death of his mother, Willem moved to The Hague, and then lived and worked in Paris. He won great public acclaim, as his paintings were painted with special, creative, artistic magic. He painted kitchen interiors, poor peasant households, landscapes, hunting subjects, breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The artist liked to create still lifes in an unusual and original way, decorating his compositions with gold, silver, tin dishes, juicy fruits and amazing, sea shells. The brush master attached great importance to table setting and saw in it the beauty and harmony of the kitchen interior. He painted many still lifes from life and picked up expensive household items for them.
The artist loved the play of light, conveying on his canvas a kaleidoscope of bright light scales and shades. He was delighted with Rembrandt's painting, looking for inspiration in the world of high art and earthly nature. Especially he was able to interestingly portray faceted goblets with wine. A special aura was felt here.
In 1646, the artist returned to his native Holland and lived in Amsterdam. His wife was the poetess Cornelia Pluvier, daughter of a priest. She wrote poetry and did calligraphy. Cornelia was a muse and a faithful assistant in the affairs of her husband. From their marriage four children were born. Willem loved his family very much and treated her with touching concern. The brush master was engaged in charity work, helping poor people and friends who knew need. It was warm, comfortable and reliable with him.
The creative period of work in Amsterdam was calm and interesting. The artist began to include exotic oriental vases, shells, tropical fruits in still lifes. They were brought by order from America. Since 1663, Willem Kalf was engaged in the sale of art objects and was an excellent expert in this field.
At age 74, he had an accident. Returning home from guests, the artist inadvertently fell and was injured. His body was very weak, and he could not rise after a long illness. Willem Kalf passed away on July 31, 1693, leaving behind a huge creative, artistic heritage. His creations are unsurpassed and brilliant works of art known to the whole world.